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Green March is largest spontaneous protest in Santo Domingo

Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and income levels marched on Sunday down the Av. Máximo Gómez, east on Av. Bolívar and south on Av. Winston Churchill-Av. Jiménez Moya to the Supreme Court of Justice at the Centro de los Héroes. The protest had a carnival-like spirit with music and friends meeting friends as citizens banded together to decisively march in a call for an effective Dominican justice system and an end to administrative corruption and impunity.

The crowds were so large that people filled the street and occupied the hill overlooking the Mirador del Sur Park.

The march took off half an hour late given the light rains that began to fall at around 10am.

At the stages set up in the Centro de los Héroes, a series of speeches by the organizers, including Maria Teresa Cabrera, called for “national unity to intensify the green struggle against corruption and impunity to sweep the mud from the institutions and the corrupt political system.” Reading the official statement, she called for jail time for the corrupt officials, recovery of the stolen money and the cancellation of the contracts.

The group also said it is essential that President Danilo Medina and other government officers in the framework of the Odebrecht investigations be held accountable and put on trial. Cabrera said that credible evidence may exist implicating the Medina administration in the irregular tender process and the overpricing of Punta Catalina thermoelectric central facility.

Cabrera read the statement that observed that [Medina’s] political maneuvering has turned the actions of the Public Ministry into a force of obfuscation in the application of justice, and that even fellow party member, former Minister Juan Temístocles Montás, has admitted to taking Odebrecht money to finance the electoral campaigns of President Medina.

The Public Ministry has begun a legal case against 14 persons tied to the US$92 million in bribes the Brazilian construction company admitted to having paid in the Dominican Republic from 2001 to 2014 to secure contracts with the Dominican government.

The request for an investigation of President Danilo Medina comes at a time the media has published reports of the imprisonment of high level statesmen in Brazil and Peru for having accepted Odebrecht money for electoral campaigns.

This is the 6th protest march since the movement first took off with a surprising successful march on 22 January 2017.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

July 18, 2017

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